DOWN TO THE DOCTOR'S: This week, Dr Richard McGrath is getting his matches ready...
Yes, it's that time again: when freedom lovers across the land express their antipathy to that recurrent symbol of bureaucracy and the Nanny State -- the five yearly census form --by turning it into a carbon footprint.
Libertarians object to being told to fill in a census form for two reasons: first, being ordered to fill in a questionnaire (they never just ask nicely, do they) is a violation of a peaceful person's right to be left alone; second, the information obtained via the census is utilised for all manner of central planning by the State.
This central planning prolongs the existence of many government agencies that libertarians believe lie outside the scope of limited government --departments and ministries such as education, welfare, tourism, ethnic affairs, health, finance, agriculture, trade, transport, employment, fundraising, the voluntary sector and environmental protection, to mention just a few.
By refusing to hand over details of your private life to bureaucrats, even if it doesn't make someone in government sit up and reflect on the violation of civil liberty that the census represents, at least you will annoy a few of them by creating more work.
Should you choose not to warm your dwelling by oxidising your census forms, at least drag your feet on completing them by the due date. Let the lapdogs of the State come running to you and, when they do, refer them to the Privacy Commissioner, whose office "seeks to develop and promote a culture in which personal information is protected and respected". Ultimately, ask them to meet you in a public place where they can kneel down with hands clasped and beg you to fill their forms in. Surely they will if the information is that important.
And when or if you do hand it over, be aware that the only information their own law compels you to supply is your name and address. Which they already have.
Click here to read the Libertarianz Party's response to news of the coming head-count-at-the-point-of-a-gun.
See ya next week!
Libertarianz Party leader